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PNS Daily News - September 26, 2017 


Today’s news focuses on several issues including: a third Republican opposing the latest Obamacare repeal effort; a look at the safety of personal information on this Voter Registration Day; and U.S. crime still historically low despite a recent rise.

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Public News Service - IN: Education

A mural in Woodburn Hall that includes a depiction of the Ku Klux Klan originally was painted for the Chicago World's Fair. (J. Barrie)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – At a time when people across the country are calling for the removal of Confederate statues and artwork because they're seen as divisive, a petition drive is underway to remove a controversial painting at the Indiana University Bloomington campus. Students taking classes

In the U.S., 30 million children rely on Medicaid. (cdc.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS – An effort is under way to convince lawmakers to become champions for children's health. President Donald Trump has pledged to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but advocates are crying foul because they say it will hurt the most vulnerable Americans. Dr. Jennifer Arnold, star

The need for free and reduced-price meals during school years has grown, but the number of kids participating in summer nutrition programs has dropped. (Lorie Tuter)

INDIANAPOLIS — While summer is a time for enjoying family and friends or taking road trips, hunger doesn't take a vacation in Indiana. A new report by the Food Research and Action Center says millions of children who rely on free and reduced-price school breakfasts and lunches lose access to t

Indiana high school student Haley Johnson gets a lesson in Chinese calligraphy. (V. Carter)

VALPARAISO, Ind. -- The president of China arrives in the U.S. today for meetings with President Donald Trump, and some Indiana high school students have a particular interest in the meeting. They just returned from China. The eight-day visit took the students to see the Great Wall and Tiananamen

Simiyu House in Kenya was built by volunteers through Indiana University at Bloomington. (Eric Smith)

KOUTS, Ind. – A student teaching project through Indiana University has turned into a quest to keep children in school in Africa. Eric Smith is a Portage High School graduate, attended IU Bloomington and now is a middle school English teacher in Kouts, but spends most of his free time workin

Indiana's youngest residents will be the focus of some of the new legislation coming to the General Assembly starting next month. (Virginia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS – The new year will bring a new session for state lawmakers in just a couple of weeks. The Indiana General Assembly begins 2017 with a new governor, and some new faces filling House and Senate seats at the state Capitol. Mindi Goodpaster, public policy director for the Marion Co

More than 200,000 children in Indiana will cast ballots in a mock election on Election Day. (inbar.org)

INDIANAPOLIS – Thousands of Hoosiers will be casting ballots next week, but their votes won't count. It's a civics lesson for students ages five and up. Indiana state law requires students from 6th to 12th grades be given lessons on the country's election process. The Indiana Kids’ E

Some school districts around the country are considering cutting recess time, but experts say that could be a mistake. (Virginia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS — As schools work to meet academic and testing standards, some are cutting back on recess time to make room for more class time. But, experts say that can have long-term negative consequences for children. Playtime isn't downtime, said Tami Silverman president and CEO of the Ind

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